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STUDENT COUNCIL >There will be a meeting on Thursday, February 10 during Period 3 in the PAC. >Dress up days for Winterfest week go as follows. Monday: Dress-up day Tuesday: Inside Out day Wednesday: Toy Story day Thursday: Ugly sweater day Friday: Black and Gold Spirit day SENIORS >Skating at the Roller Cave will be on Wednesday, February 16 from 8-10 p.m. >There will be parentteacher conferences on Thursday, February 10 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. WCC >Career Fest will be on February 10 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The event will help to promote career awareness among students. >Congratulations to the Culinary Arts program for being named “Hot Culinary Secondary Schools in the Nation” by Sullivan University.
Class project leads to hands-on experience at Community East Hospital by nicolewilson news staff
“The internship has helped me in ways I cannot even begin to explicate, all of the field knowledge and technique I learned, from reading a patient to learning how difficult it is to bring the news to someone that they only have six weeks to live, “ Senior, Bob Potter said. What if you could get a taste of the profession you would like to pursue as a career for your future? There is a way to jumpstart your future and gain valuable experience. Students who participate in Project Lead the Way’s biomedical science program like Senior Bob Potter earned an internship for his hard work. Students in Potter’s Principles of Biomedical Science were assigned to come up with a fictitious grant proposal to help fix a current medical problem. Potter wanted to take his assignment a step further. “I decided to tackle something big like an end of the year shebang,” Potter said. He decided to do his grant proposal on a cancer treatment, GEMS Against Cancer which stands for Genetically Engineered Monocytes. Potter developed research that detailed how to implement the treatment. His proposal was presented to Superintendent Dr. Peggy Hinckley. His 30page research paper was given to the president of the Community Health Network. Potter was offered an internship in the outpatient clinic of Community East Hospital. Through his internship he got to follow nurses and witness different medical procedures. “I got to see bone marrow biopsies and the creation and use of chemotherapy,”Potter said,” I also learned a lot about diagnostic techniques.” Potter spent eight-hour days three or four times a week at Community East and Community North and the Community North’s cancer research building. Potter got to read charts and give his own guesses at diagnosis.
He got to use medical machines such as MRIs, CTs and X-rays. Internships are a great way to gain experience and learn more about what it is you want to do as a career. “The biggest benefit I gained was emotional strength that will help me with a number of potentially chilling setbacks in my life,” Potter said. Classes that Potter took that helped him gain the internship were Project Lead the Way’s Principles of Biomedical Science program, Anatomy and Physiology. “These classes taught me an incredible amount concerning the body and the word applications,” Potter said. He has experienced unforgettable life changing moments throughout his internship at Community East. “As a doctor, I would want to make people smile, even if only one more time in their live, because I have come to realize the merit of every ounce of happiness,” Potter said. When also asked what his favorite part about the internship was he said reassuring people that it was gong to be ok. Potter hopes to become either an oncologist or an E.R. doctor. “Push beyond the seams of what you think you can do,” Potter said.” You are the only person preventing you from doing what you want and what you are capable of doing.”
Bob Potter talks about man who touched his life “I handed him the tissues and he took one and put it up to his nose, where I saw blood start to seep into the otherwise white, pure cloth. I almost called out in protest, but he readily raised his hand and pinched his nose a little bit, blocking the bleeding inside. ‘Don’t worry about it,’ he says, finally looking me in the eye. ‘This happens a
NHS >National Honors Society members should check the NHS room door for updated points. >The next meeting will be held on January 12 at 7 a.m. in the PAC. FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet every Thursday in room H109. POETRY CLUB A new poetry club is forming. Meetings will be held Thursdays from 3 - 4 p.m. in room A409. Learn to develop, express, and explore the different works of famous poets.
January 28, 2011
ADMINISTRATORS IN THE (Above) WCC faculty and middle school girls discuss engineering in the Threshold. (Right) Lou Ann Schwenn and counselor Deborah Washburn oversee an engineer as she explains engineering to middle school girls.
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lot.’ He talked with me for a bit, telling me how he had had cancer for almost a year, but was told he only had a few weeks to live from the start. To read the rest of the story go to www.wcowlnews.com
January 28, 2011
Students travel to Chicago to debate issues of United Nations by juliakittle news staff
Thursday, 8:00 p.m: the first debate begins. You listen intently to your peers talking about their topic, hoping they will speak longer and give you time to gather your thoughts. Your hands begin to shake as the Chairman announces the next topic, the risks of distributing foreign aid. You shuffle through your papers and within seconds you stop and ask yourself: ‘What am I doing?’ You stand up, surprising yourself, and begin to speak confidently about your topic. Since the 1998-1999 school year, Nick Salemi has been taking his International Relations class to compete in a debate with peers from around the country. This organization is called MUNUC, short for Model United Nations at the University of Chicago, and will take place from Thursday, February 3, through Sunday, February 6. Students will speak on behalf of their designated country’s stance on matters such as human sex trafficking, maternal health, corruption in foreign aid and the political participation of women. Salemi’s class will represent the Netherlands. Preparation for Model UN is rigorous and requires students to carry more than their usual workload. Salemi hopes students will gain a new insight on public speaking and gain more
self-confidence. “My primary objective for the students is for them to gain experience working in cooperative groups and speaking in front of a large audience,” Salemi said. “Speaking at Model UN is a scary experience, I am taking students out of their comfort zone and asking them to speak in front of 50-200 peers/strangers and to speak authortively on behalf of a foreign nation.” Junior Jeremiah Mickey, despite his nerves, is excited to go to MUNUC and has done several hours worth of research already. He enjoys politics and looks forward to being able to partake in future debates. “At the moment, I will be able to participate in political debates my friends and family have,” Mikey said. “And I will actually know what I am talking about.” Mikey first got interested in International Relations because of his interest in politics. While most of the students are hesitant to participate at first and are often intimidated by the public-speaking aspect of MUNUC, Salemi says the majority of his students have performed amazingly well. In fact, many students have won awards at Model UN in the past. On average, four out of 10 teams receive some sort of recognition, which is about 150 students out of 2,000. “In all honesty, the Warren students participating in Model UN are routinely in the
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Students attending MUNUC will leave next week for the University to Chicago to debate with peers internationally about current political issues. Photo by Chris Henderson top 10 percent of students based on preparedness and knowledge,” Salemi said. Senior Megan Stroude is researching human sex trafficking and finds the topic to be very heartbreaking. Most students attending the conference have attended previously or taken Salemi’s Global Issues class, but some are going for the first time.
Music Department nominated for GRAMMY Signature School Award for seventh consecutive year by katiejones news editor
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According to Salemi, being invited to go is quite the honor. “The students who attend Model UN are highly motivated and want to take on a challenge,” Salemi said. “Many students will whine and complain about the work and I have to stay on them to get the work completed but the fact is the kids that go are special.”
Warren Central’s Music Department has been nominated for the GRAMMY Signature Schools award program for the seventh time since 1989. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Program holds a competition for high school music departments all over the country. Twenty thousand public high schools from districts large and small participate in this competition. The GRAMMY Signature Schools Program honors outstanding public high school music programs across the country every year. The award is based on the following criteria: Excellent instrumental and choral performance ensembles, high quality instruction in multiple musical genres, high quality instruction available to all students in non-performance courses (e.g. music theory, electronic music, etc.), and a variety of avenues to provide music education to a larger segment of the student body.
Only two other high schools in Indiana have been selected as Signature School Finalists: Munster High School and Twin Lakes High School. However, nationwide, 130 public schools from 33 different states were also named as finalists. “We are one of the only three schools in the state to win. We’ve won six consecutive times and seven altogether,” Mr. John Hilmer, Warren Music Department director, said. Award winners will be announced in March 2011 on the GRAMMY Award show. The top three schools are recognized as designated Gold recipients, and the best of the three Gold recipients will be nominated to be a National GRAMMY Signature School. The National GRAMMY Award winners and Gold recipients will receive $5,000 each, while the three remaining GRAMMY winning schools will receive a $1,000 grant that will benefit their music programs. Additional information given by Julia Kittle and Emily Sears
January 28, 2011
Safety in school
Reaction to recent threats reinforces school safety policies by katiejones news editor “You’re dreams will be broken Warren Central, no more Mr. Nice Guy. I mean what I said and you’re going to die tomorrow every last one of you.” A Warren Central sophomore student, whose name is not being released for privacy reasons, placed this threat as his Facebook status Monday night. Concerned students and parents quickly informed police who, along with Principal Rich Shepler, went to the student’s home to speak with his parents around midnight. “I wanted to make sure it was handled before Tuesday,” Shepler said. “I wanted to be involved with this.” The student was then taken into police custody Monday night. “If students don’t feel safe, they can’t learn,” Ms. Emily Brown, Assitant Principal, said. Recent polls show that more than 50 percent of parents with children in Kindergarten through 12th grade and 75 percent of students in secondary schools believe a school shooting could occur in their community. “I don’t feel safe because if you’re in a large crowd you can’t really tell what other people are doing,” sophomore Leslie Banton said. In Warren Township, feeling unsafe is expected as violence is most common
in large schools such as Warren Central and Walker Career Center. However, the school’s administrators have been doing what they can to lower the chances of violence and hazards in school. Over the last four years, Warren Central has taken many steps towards a safer school environment. Doors are locked during passing periods, anti-hazing support and training have been put into action, new emergency procedure handbooks have been given to teachers and new cameras are installed almost every year. Hazing support includes additional training for coaches and extra supervision for buses, locker rooms and events. Assistant principals also patrol the school during the evening from 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in order to make sure all students have exited the school building safely. The cameras around the school also have a major part in keeping the school safe. There are 167 cameras that monitor the school campus at all times. These cameras have multi-windows, which allow several places to be viewed at once. The school’s police force also patrols school grounds on a 24-hour system in order to ensure a safer environment. Each officer is assigned specific locations to monitor throughout the day. “They do a good job isolating problem areas,” senior Matt Ernst said. Officers also perform random bus
and car checks, and patrol assigned areas on campus. “We mostly get parents calling with suspicions,” Captain Stephen Kimbrough said. “But we investigate everything.” However, a large part of school safety depends on student cooperation. According to Kimbrough, many students who are bullied or abused remain silent about their situation for long periods of time. This makes it more difficult for others to help, especially if the bullying or abuse is no longer happening. “If you have a problem, no matter how small, get to an adult,” Kimbrough said. Yet, these are only a few pieces in a long list of safety improvements the school has and will undergo. These additions, however, seem to satisfy many students and parents who feel comfortable at Warren. “I feel safe sending my children to Warren because I feel like we’ve always been involved, and we teach them what to do if they feel threatened,” Ms. Christina Hunt, a Warren parent, said. “We also always get notes and calls home when something happens.” Still, becoming a safer and more secure school system remains a top priority within Warren Township. “I think it’s always going to be our most important issue,” Brown said. “It always comes back.”
Conversations with Warren Central Students About Safety Owl Staff members talked with students about feeling safe at school. Did they felt safe at school, why they did or did not feel safe, and how they think school safety can be improved?
Do Students Feel Safe at School? Some students felt unsafe while walking through crowded hallways and intersections during passing periods. However, most Warren Central students felt comfortable in school. “I feel safe in class, but I’m a little shaky in the hallways. You can’t really see what is going on because there are always a bunch of people clustered together.” -Freshman Hannah Bullock “Most of the people are all talk when they start stuff. They don’t scare me anymore because things outside of school are far scarier then the stuff in school.” -Junior Rachel Williamson
What Do Students Think Could Be Improved? Some students felt that the monitoring of school hallways and parking lots could be improved. Others felt that the school is doing a good job of keeping students safe. “Policemen could do a better job of monitoring the parking lot before and after school.” -Junior Mary Bouma
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State begins battle on education reform proposals Part two in our series on education reform by rachelbaxter associate editor The battle begins. In one corner of the ring are Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Education. In the other corner, the Indiana State Teachers Association. The referee is the Indiana General Assembly. Parents, teachers and students are left as spectators watching how the battle will play out. The Indiana Department of Education has released the legislative education agenda known as “Putting Students First.” Also known as House Bill No. 1337, the agenda outlines the Indiana Department of Education’s plan to reform education.
Identify and reward great teachers and principals
The first part of the education reform agenda focuses on identifying and rewarding great teachers and principals. Reformers want to give local leaders flexibility to promote excellence. The IDOE will promote excellence by identifying and “rewarding” great teachers and principals based on performance rather than seniority or degrees held. Merit pay is a possible reward for teachers. “Indiana students deserve the best school options to meet their individual needs,” Dr. Tony Bennett, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in an e-mail interview. “They deserve high-quality teachers in every classroom, and those teachers deserve to be rewarded for their effectiveness.” Teachers will be evaluated by student achievement and administrators will use the evaluations to make decisions about teachers. “Right now the teacher evaluation rates 99 percent of Indiana teachers are effective,” Dr. Bennett said in a podcast regarding the truth about the education agenda. The IDOE is advocating creating four evaluation categories for teachers and principals: highly effective, effective, improvement necessary and ineffective. Teachers will be placed into the categories based on several performance indicators. In the podcast, Dr. Bennett clarified that the IDOE will not use only student performance on standardized tests for teacher evaluations as many educators fear. “Teachers will also be evaluated on student growth and engagement,” Bennett said in the podcast According to an ISTA memo to members, “Singling out individuals for merit pay bonuses fails to recognize the collaborative and professional nature of teaching. Teachers are open to changes in compensation when a strong, competitive salary schedule is present.” Superintendent of Warren Township Dr. Peggy Hinckley is happy with current evaluation process. “Currently, we have an evaluation process in our contract that we think that works pretty effectively,” Dr. Hinckley said. According to the ISTA memo, “All teacher evaluation systems should have a clear focus on improving teaching practice to improve student learning.” Another part of the proposal will limit collective bargaining agreements between the school corporations and teachers’ unions to focus on salary and wage-related benefits only. Collective bargaining is a negotiation between a worker and employer on working conditions. Proponents of the reform measures feel that current collective bargaining restricts many of these efforts to revamp education. “And while unions and collective bargaining are the right of those who wish to engage in them, they go too far when they dictate the color of the teacher’s lounge, who can monitor recess or on what days the principal is allowed to hold a staff meeting,” Gov. Daniels said in his State of the State address on January 18.
“So to say that collective bargaining is the reason some schools are under performing, we think is certainly incorrect,” Nathan Schnellenberger, ISTA President said in an article on wthr.com. Another change to teacher’s contracts is that tenure will be awarded to teachers based on student performance instead of seniority. Once a teacher receives tenure, he or she cannot be fired without cause. However, there is no plan to take away tenure from teachers who have already earned it.
Real accountability and flexibility
The IDOE will also attempt to bring success to failing schools by holding the schools accountable for achieving results for teachers. If a school is failing, the IDOE will give the school time to improve. If the schools do not, the state will step in to do what is necessary to bring success to the schools. “My goal is to ensure all Hoosier students benefit from the instruction these teachers provide on a daily basis,” Dr. Bennett said in the podcast. “I cannot ignore the plight of Hoosier children not receiving the education they deserve.” Once the school successfully improves, the department will act to make sure the school has the freedom to maintain success. The State Board of Education will appoint the school board and allow the community to decide how best to operate the school once state control is handed over. “We have 20 schools at risk for state intervention due to chronic low performance over a six-year span,” Dr. Bennett said in an e-mail interview. Parents can “trigger” the state to step in early to turn around a failing school by making a petition that includes 51 percent of parents in a school. “What I would like to see is have a better connection between home and school,” Principal Rich Shepler said. “You can put all the mandates and everything else you want to, but if you don’t have that support both ways, it’s going to bring you down.”
High quality options for families
The last part of the plan to reform education involves offering equal educational opportunities to all children and giving parents a choice. All students will have the opportunity to attend an excellent school. “We must be willing to drastically improve a system that
sometimes allows geography to place students in chronically failing schools,” Dr. Bennett responded in an e-mail. “Every student deserves the same access to a high-quality education, regardless of their zip code, home life, or parents’ financial situation.” Dr. Bennet and Gov. Daniels want to expand charter schools. “We have waited long enough for an education system known for excellence in teaching, and accountable schools that deliver the results our kids deserve,” Gov. Daniels said in the address. “Our parents have waited long enough for the freedom to decide which school is best for their children. We cannot ‘almost’ end the waiting.” Parents will be able to select schools they want their children to attend based on educational options. The IDOE will also create an Indiana Charter School Board to approve new charters in the state and increase accountability for all charter authorizers. The poor performing charters will be closed and the best will stay open. Opponents of charter schools complain that charters will just take needed funding from public schools. “Charter schools do not fall under the accountabliltiy law in Indiana known as public law 221,” Dr. Hinckley said. “Charter schools are not graded on the state board of education’s grading scale for all schools. I think that there has to be a level playing field if charters are going to compete, and they should be subject to the same rules we are.” Schools and communities will have more authority to convert schools into charters. The department will eliminate caps on charters and help them access safe and appropriate public facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to graduate early and to be offered a college scholarship equal to the amount the state would have spent on the last year of high school. “Our children are waiting. Our fellow citizens are waiting. History is waiting,” Gov. Daniels said in the address. “It’s going to be a session to remember. You’re going to do great things. I can’t wait.”
Stay tuned next issue for part three of the education series. Read part one online at www.wcowlnews.com
6 Opinion owl staff Editor-in-Chief Emily Abrams Associate Editor Rachel Baxter Web Editor Emily Hancock Opinion Editor Natalie Verhines Features Editor Imani Scott-Smittick Features Staff Jenny Marvel News Editor Katie Jones News Staff Julia Kittle Nicole Wilson Sports Editor Spencer Garnier Sports Staff Petar Hood Joe Spears Joslyn Cunningham Lifestyles Editor Shelby Rutledge Lifestyles Staff Mercadees Hempel Imani Rameses Sarah Carney Advertisement Olivia Kimsey Photography Editor Taylor Borondy Photography Staff Riley Haab Chris Henderson Cody Petree Cailyn Turner Alex Martens Nick Wilson Daryl Hollonquest Chris Bays Adviser Mr. Mark Haab Principal Mr. Rich Shepler
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How Do You Feel Shooting Threat Shows Good in About The New Administration, Failures in Law Lanyard Policy? Words are a powerful force. What we say is sometimes just as strong as what we do, and the wrong words can make an even damaging impact. In this case, the wrong words kept many students home from school last Tuesday, sent the police knocking on a Warren student’s door, and caused news vans to pull up in the school’s parking lot. One student threatening violence within the school sent the entire cycle into motion, but Mr. Shepler, along with the rest of Warren’s administration, worked to ensure that threat would not be carried out. Police arrested the student, who had made multiple posts on Facebook threatening violence at school. And Mr. Shepler, in a calm and collected manner, put the fears of students to rest at the start of the next day, announcing that the possibility of harm had been removed before school had even begun. Charges of intimidation were the basis of the arrest, but there were no official charges pressed. According to multiple news sources, a spokesman with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office stated that charges could not be pressed because the student did not meet the legal requirement for charges under the state’s felony intimidation law. The students here cannot help but take issue with the fact that a student who caused such a scare and threatened the lives of others within this building is not being punished more extensively by the law. But where exactly does the legal line really lay? Where does an angry post on Facebook become a threat? How do simple words become a cause for alarm that warrants charges? Is it because of bullies? Ignorance? Or one student’s own fears and insecurities? The area itself is gray, and the line is blurred and smeared. Our country is based upon the right of free speech, and any student within the school
should be allowed to speak his or her mind. But threatening violence, even without any intent to carry out that threat, is a serious problem. Students were scared. Parents were scared. Administration was scared. And all this fear was prompted by a legitimate cause. We at the school did what we were supposed to do. Students reported the posts to parents who contacted the school and authorities. The administration worked with police to end the problem quickly. When it comes to punishing the student responsible, Warren has done all it can and all it should need to, but we feel that the law should be more effectively crafted to suit cases like this. Students felt unsafe, and while the administration handled the situation with success, it seems as though the law itself is falling short. This is an issue that has been addressed time and time again in schools across the state and across the country. Yet, there is no legal way for the student who caused so much panic to be held legally responsible for his actions. There, we think, is a very serious problem. Luckily, no harm was done, and the school day progressed as usual. For students and teachers, the day ran like just another Tuesday. But, it is scary to think of what would happen had the situation made the slightest of changes, and the events themselves had proceeded differently. There was no shooting, no gun brought to school, no lives lost. But there was fear of that happening, which should have no place inside a building where students are supposed to relax and learn. The fact that this sense of security could be jeopardized with no legal consequence is the scariest thought of all.
“The lanyard policy, to me, seemed bad ever since I first heard of the idea. I was concerned about the idea that students may use these as a health hazard against others. They almost seem to serve only as a way to keep students in the correct cafeteria.”
Nathan Rea, sophomore
“I don’t like it all. There are so many kids in this school that it really can’t be enforced and why would we need to have that around our neck anyways? Hasn’t the school been fine before this?”
Holly Kimsey, freshman
“I feel as if the new lanyard policy is going to be impossible to enforce. With 4,000 students, I feel like every student won’t visibly have theirs. I haven’t had mine visible once so far, and no admnistrator has said anything to me. It’s just sitting in my wallet like it was last semester!”
Thumbs thumbs up to The New Year. It’s time for a new start, and to wait anxiously for 11/11/11. thumbs up to The blood drive. An opportunity to save lives, get out of class and get a free cookie? We can’t wait for the next one! thumbs up to The early release on January 11, and the two-hour delay on January 20. Missing school? Awesome. thumbs up to Mr. Shepler and all the administrators for handling the shooting scare with calm and finesse. thumbs up to The PAC Rats, for taking Dancing With The Faculty by storm with a stunning quick step routine.
Thumbs Down tO Snow without a snow day. Winter would not be complete without a little snowfall, but when you still have to trudge through the school doors, it’s easy to think we could do without it. Thumbs Down tO Threats. Facebook comments caused some students to stay home for the day and created a panic amongst parents. The situation was serious, but thankfully not taken too far. Thumbs Down tO Bullying. Unfair treatment in the halls caused one student to take a step too far. Thumbs Down tO Getting sick. Nowadays, disease spreads around the school like wildfire. Hopefully, we don’t run out of tissues.
“I understand why we have them, for the security purposes and such, but to be honest I have not worn mine yet. It’s in my book bag, and that’s where it will stay.”
Antwon Hattchet, junior
Shelby Harris, senior
January 28, 2011
em’s bitsandpieces As a student journalist, I know my First Amendment rights of two students when he suspended them for comments they posted Amendment rights. Of course, the only right most people on a private, off campus website. The judge found that any disruption choose to remember is the freedom of speech. And most think they can say whatever they to the school that occurred was because like because of that right. However, most of the school’s investigation and not the don’t know that their rights can be taken comments. So why can’t people post things on away if they breach public safety or national Facebook or MySpace? security. If the safety of the public is threatened, Which brings us to the incident that occurred a week ago. A student then rights can be taken away, which posted a threatening status on Facebook, happened in both of these situations and explains why action which he probably was taken. thought he could Threats aren’t say under the the only things rights of the First against the First Amendment. But Amendment. when the safety There is a of the public is variety of cases threatened, it’s no dealing with the longer a matter of amendment. rights. For example, in After hearing June 2007, a high about the threat, school student in school officials Juneau, Alaska, took immediate by emilyabrams editor-in-chief was suspended from action to assure school for holding up students, faculty and parents that the situation was under a sign that said “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” during a school sponsored event. control. The student argued that he was off school This isn’t the first incident where a student has taken the First Amendment property and on a public street. The Supreme Court upheld the school’s punishment, rights past the limit. When I was in eighth grade, a student concluding that the sign promoted illegal was expelled for posting something on his drug use, which violated school rules. All students need to remember is to think MySpace. To him, it was a complete joke, and he wasn’t serious. But the school saw it before they say or write something, especially if it could remotely be considered a threat. as a threat. However, there was a case in 2005, where Having rights means having responsibilities. a federal district court judge in Arkansas ruled Know your rights and the boundaries that that a high school principal violated the First accompany them.
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Letterfrom aLeader By Ms. Kalberer
Teacher When asked to contribute some wisdom to the Class of 2011, I struggled mightily to sift through all the clichéd advice in order to uncover something true and meaningful, some bit of my knowledge and life experience that could be used by this year’s senior class for their benefit. Hard work is its own reward; never let anyone tell you you can’t do something or that you’re not valuable; trust your instincts; look out for #1 (that’s you). All of these notions are important and will help you succeed in life, but they are not anything you don’t already know. You probably don’t know, or have not yet realized, that your time here at Warren Central High School has almost come to an end, and the rest is
going to fly by quickly. Whether you’ve made the most of your time here by becoming involved or you’ve chosen not to participate, very little time remains to experience life with the people who make up your graduating class. Therefore, my advice to you does not involve your future, it focuses on your present. Get involved! It is not too late to enjoy time and fun with the Class of 2011. One of the most beautiful things about life in Warren is that there is never a shortage of activities. You could still come out and watch any number of sporting events, performing arts competitions, academic competitions, amateur performance shows; the list is endless and has something for all tastes. They’d all love to have your support, and you’re certain to have a good time. Come roller skating with your classmates at the Roller Cave on February 16, hang out with old friends, and maybe make some new friends who will stay with you for the rest of your life. At least spend a little time rolling around in circles like when you were a kid. Dress up for Winter Fest Week; go to the homecoming game; form a kickball or Olympic team with your friends during Senior Week. Every year at least one senior says to me that he/she wishes he would have gotten involved sooner; he didn’t realize he was missing out on so much fun. Don’t wait until the last minute, or until it’s too late, to become involved. Not only will you have a great time, it will make you much more likely to see your own face on the 2011 Senior DVD. Live these last few months at Warren Central High School and Walker Career Center to the fullest. Leave a positive mark on your school and in your memories. They will last you a lifetime and keep you coming back home, where you will forever be remembered and loved.
January 28, 2010
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Opening act, produced and choreographed by Dayquan Vance, featured many seniors from the class of 2011.
Champions “The PAC Rats”
Seniors Andrea Hansbrough and Jasmine Jones made their debut on stage with Salsa, accompanied by Ms. Emily Brown and Mr. James Taylor.
Lauren Hunt, senior, with the help of Emily Mahurin, junior, prepared for the Dream Team’s number. Photo by Taylor Borondy
The PAC Rats: (front) Lauren Moore, Jessica Newman, Carolyn Tuttle and Carrie Reiberg. (back) Ed Meckes, Jeff Dalstrom, Dustin Podgorski, Brannon Bowers.
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ity to be a part of their group’s success.
meet senior Earriel Starks Earriel’s favorites
Runners Up “Death By Disco” Dancing the Disco to Blame it on the Boogie by Michael Jackson.
Book Ugly Series
Animal Scared of animals
Movie Mean Girls
TV show Law and Order
Photo by Taylor Borondy
Q: What’s your best memory? Going to New York for the first time. It was a lot of fun and it made me want to move there when I’m older. Q: If you could be a superhero, which one would you be? Wonder Woman. I like her title. Q: If you won the lottery what would you do with it? Make sure the people close to me were taken care of and put the rest towards my retirement. Q: What’s the best part about being a senior? Knowing that I graduate this year and will be able to move on with the rest of my life.
Death by Disco: (front) Megan Addison, Mary Garner, Kameron Ball. (back) Quintin Pendergrass, Chris Wesley, Haley Brescher, Corey Yeaman and Nick Cassidy (absent from photo).
January 28, 2011
Winter fashion trends
Staying warm and looking fashionable during the winter is hard, here are some ways to stay warm and still look good
MTV launched August 1, 1981. Only a few thousand people in New Jersey could see the broadcast.
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Long-sleeve sweaters are a great way to stay warm. It’s a timeless look for your wardrobe.
John Lack said the first words on the channel, “Ladies and Gentleman, rock and roll.” The first music video to be shown was the Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
Thick-textured sweaters keep you warm and it’s not as bulky as wearing hoodies everyday to school.
I n 19 8 4 t h e first VMAs was held with a live performance of Madonna singing “Like a Virgin.” The MTV Movie Awards began eight years later in 1992. MTV introduced VJs, video jockeys, to introduce videos and host shows.
Boots are good for stomping through the snow and keeping your toes warm.
Skinny jeans match with every outfit and can be dressed up or worn casually.
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Jeans are a must during the winter. They look good with all shoes and keep your legs warm.
MTV’s hit reality show, “Jersey Shore” is called “Macaroni Rascals” in Japan.
Moccasins are comfy and practical for the winter weather.
“Real World” premiered M ay 21, 1992. It is the longest running MTV show, with the 25th season premiering this year.
Cardigans are a good way to dress up plain t-shirts and go with any outfit. Columbia or NorthFace jackets are warm and stylish to wear anywhere.
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January 28, 2011
Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? The world has taken a turn for the worst and a majority of the population has turned into zombies! The military base a few miles away is the only ticket to safety. Your car is in the garage, but your weapons are in the shed. You cannot get both without being attacked by a zombie. What now?
Get into your car. Follow it You can drive and easily get to the military base. The downside is, with no weapon, you are vulnerable to attacks. After driving for a while, you see an injured woman screaming for help. You decide to help her, and pull her into the car. As she is giving you thanks, you notice that a zombie has bitten her on her wrist. What do you do?
When you arrive to where the gunshot was fired, you discover that you were not the only one who heard it. You see the shooter being feasted upon by a pack of zombies who then come after you and eat your brains. Go back to start and try again.
Push the woman out of the car and drive off. Ignore the bite and just keep driving.
Leave. You decide that you cannot trust these people and leave the mall. Unfortunately, you have made a big mistake. A zombie jumps from the top of a building and lands on you, ripping you apart from head to toe. Try again.
A few minutes later, your passenger transforms into a hungry zombie. She digs her nails into her head, tears it open and slurps up your brains. Go back and try again.
You push her out of the car and speed off. You keep driving, briefly stopping for gas at a few abandoned gas stations. A while later, a pack of zombies begin running towards your car. They jump on top of it and start banging on the vehicle, trying to get inside. What do you do?
Get out of the car and run.
Put the pedal to the metal and run them down.
The speed of your legs have always been one of the best ways of defending yourself, so you get out and begin to run. Too bad for you though, these zombies are faster. They pounce on you and share your guts and limbs among themselves. Try again.
Grab your weapons.
With no car, you have to walk. Along the way, you hear a gunshot in the distance. Do you…
Ignore it You arrive at a mall and find a group of survivors who tell you they are creating a “zombie-proof” vehicle to get to the military base. Do you… Illustrations by William Hempel
Stay and help.
You stay and help the other survivors, and a few days later, the zombieproof vehicle is complete! You all get inside and drive off, slaying zombies as you go along.
Using your extreme driving skills, you manage to run down the zombies and throw them off your car. You keep driving and see the military base up ahead.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have arrived at the military base and have survived the zombie apocalypse!
Zombie Survival Guide Tips! 1: According to the film “Zombieland,” zombies hate fast food. While a weapon would be preferable, the speed of your legs will always be better than nothing. FOR MORE TIPS GO TO WCOWLNEWS.COM
2:Vehicles have as many disadvantages as they do advantages. 3: Safety in numbers! Find a group of survivors and stick with them.
4: Keep your “Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks close. The book is an incredibly realistic guide on how to escape, fight, and survive zombies.
5: After killing the zombie, turn tail and run away. The sound of a gun firing will attract unwanted attention. 6: You can survive.
January 28, 2011
TOP LEFT JUNIOR Kalliste Haskins guards against a Ben Davis offensive attack. Above Juinor Linzi Moore counters the Ben Davis attack by pressing the ball up the court. The girls could not pull out the upset victory as they lost 58-45.
JUNIOR BREANN DENNY dribbles past a Ben Davis defender looking up to make a play. Denny is the team’s second leading scorer on the season, averaging over nine points per game.
Girls basketball team remains hot, ready to roll over their competition in Sectionals by joespears sports staff
After two consecutive losses to conference rivals Ben Davis and Carmel, the girl’s basketball team went on a six game winning streak to start the new school year. Over the winter break the ladies defeated Lawrence Central by a comfortable 14 points and they also beat Lawrence North in a close 44-38 game. The girls also had a tournament in Jennings County where they beat Decatur Central 55-40 and Avon 65-45. Junior Linzi Moore led the team in scoring during the tournament with 18 against Decatur Central and 14 against Avon. Getting back into the new school year the girls took on Hamilton Southeastern and Terre Haute South, both at home. Home-court advantage proved to help the girls as they won both of the games. Moore led the team in scoring as she scored 20 points against Hamilton Southeastern and 28 against Terre Haute South. Despite these wins, the girls are still focused on their goal of winning state. “Quite honestly our focus is to win a state championship,” head coach Michael Brooks said. “ Wins are always good but the ultimate goal is to be the last team standing.” During the course of the season the girls have made strides to becoming a better team and learning from their mistakes. “The girls are learning to trust each other and becoming a more cohesive unit on the floor,” Brooks said. Riding a six game win streak the team headed to Mooresville to take on the Lady Pioneers. It was a closely contested game but the girls were not pull out the victory losing 72-67 and ending their win streak. Juniors BreAnn Denny and Linzi Moore
contributed more than fifty percent of the team’s points with Denny scoring 27 and Moore scoring 24. Looking to bounce back, the girls faced their biggest challenge of the season as they took on Ben Davis on the road. This is the only team in their conference that the girls have yet to beat in the last three years that Brooks has been coaching the girls. To both the coaches and the players this is a very important game. “This is the only team in our conference we have not beaten since I have coached here,” Brooks said. “ This game is personal for my players and staff.” The girls tried to keep the game close but they were not able to beat the Giants as they lost 58-45. Linzi Moore lead the team in scoring with 15 points, BreAnn Denny had 10 points. They were the only girls who scored in double digits. After their second straight loss the girls bounced back with a victory at Franklin Central. The girls won 57-39. The game was tied going into halftime with each team having 24, but the girls held the Flashes to only five points in the third quarter and the girls were able to pull able to pull away. It was a total team effort with senior Bianca King leading the team in scoring with 12 points and every other starting player had at least seven points. Following up on their blowout win over Franklin Central, the girls took on Terre Haute North on the road. It was not close as the ladies won by 24 points. The girls put on a total defensive effort as the girls only allowed two fourth quarter points and 30 in the entire game. The finals two games of the regular season for the team are at home against Center Grove and North Central. After those games the girls have Sectionals on the eigth.
1/4 Hamilton Southeastern Win 46-40 1/8 Terre Haute South Win 62-48 1/11 @ Mooresville Loss 72-67 1/14 @ Ben Davis Loss 58-45 1/18 @ Franklin Central Win 57-39 1/22 @ Terre Haute North Win 54-30
January 28, 2011
Despite difficult end to regular season in conference play, wrestlers plan on taking down competition After a last place finish in their conference meet, boys push forward
by petarhood sports staff
The wrestling team came into this season inexperienced and very young, but they have competed well all season, and have performed better than some might have expected. Last season, they brought home two individual state championships, and sent four wrestlers to state. But after losing three of those four, and losing other key members of last year’s team to due various reasons, many expected the boys to falter. However, under the direction of second year head coach Danny Williams, have fought through adversity and have managed to wrestle well. One of the biggest events on their schedule was the Warren Wrestling Duals. The Duals included Warren, Ben Davis, Howe Academy, Northwestern, Adams Central and Roncalli. This event provided a test for the young team as they faced their rival Ben Davis, and two of the top teams in the state, Roncalli and Adams Central. The boys destroyed their first opponent of the day, beating Northwestern 69-0. Their next test though would prove to be much tougher. They squared off against one of the top class 2A teams in the state, Adams Central. The Jets took control early, and didn’t look back. They got a 54-46 win. The team
next opponent was Roncalli. The Rebels came in to Duals ranked ninth in class 4A, with multiple state champions and qualifiers on their roster. Roncalli flexed their muscles against the boys, winning all but two matches. Roncalli dominated the entire event, winning first place easily. The boys then lost to Ben Davis, and beat Howe. The next week, the boys competed in the 15 Annual MIC Championship Tournament. The boys wrestled hard, but came out with a last place finish in the event. Lawrence North came out on top. The teams highest finishers were sophomore Nate Reeves in the 125 lbs weight class and senior Kyle White in the heavyweight class. Both wrestlers finished third in their respective weight classes. Next up the boys will head into the postseason. They will host their sectional on Saturday the 29, beginning at 9 a.m. Their sectional includes Beech Grove, Eastern Hancock, Franklin Central, GreenfieldCentral, Indianapolis Marshall, Mount Vernon, New Palestine, Roncalli, Shelbyville and Triton Central. The top team in the sectional will move on as a team. The top four individuals from each weight class in the sectional will advance as individuals. The team will look to send more wrestlers back to the state meet as the postseason begins.
SOPHOMORE SHABAKA JONES in the process of trying to roll his opponent over in a match against Northwestern during the Warren Duals. The team went on to beat the Tigers, 69-0 and finished in fourth place at the Duals. Photo by Petar Hood
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Starting next month, sports writer Petar Hood will learn the various sports around the Warrior Nation. First up, swimming, where Petar will dive into the pool and try to doggie paddle along side the varsity swimmers. Hopefully, some of their skills will rub off on him, as Petar shows everyone how good the real athletes are. Stay tuned for next issue as Petar writes about his experiences. Also, log on to www.wcowlnews.com to see pictures and video coverage of Petar trying to stay afloat.
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Both swim teams perfect their strokes, prepare themselves by tapering by spencergarnier sports editor
The swimming teams have not come up with many regular season victories. Head Coach Sincroft does not really care. To him, it is all about Sectionals and getting swimmers to State. “Most of our goals are based on Sectionals, rather than dual meets,” Sincroft said. Despite only winning one dual meet this year, the team still believes quite a bit of progress has been made. According to Sincroft, this first season has gone “better than expected.” He was tentative about his first season here, but he has been able to make a lot of progress with the team. “My favorite part of this season is the improvement we’ve made as a team,” Sincroft said. This improvement is a reason that Sincroft has an optimistic outlook on the post season. “We’re trying to get people to State,” Sincroft said. “I think Andy Chorpenning, Conner
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Junior Monica Mendez, senior Joe Brummet and sophomore Conner Finnigan compete against Pike at a recent meet. The team came up with a loss against them.
Finnigan, Alex Osborne and Ali Chorpenning could all make it to State.” The swimmers are making a good effort to do such a feat. At the Warrior Invitational, senior Andy Chorpenning broke the pool record for the 200 Individual Medley, and sophomore Conner Finnigan broke the pool record in the 100 Breaststroke. Not only that, but the girls freestyle relay team managed to get second place. Another way the swimmers are working hard to achieve in the post season is by tapering. Tapering is the process where a swimmer decreases the volume of their swimming, giving the body a chance to recover and perform at its peak. Since the teams are entering the tapering process, it distinctly marks the teams entering the postseason. By going through tapering, both the boys and the girls will be able to give their top performances when the time comes. This gives them the best chance at Sectionals, and hopefully State.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Devin Davis
Points Per Game: 14.3 Rebounds per game: 5.3 Free throw percent: 42.3% blocks per game: 1.6 “we’re learning and getting better every game.”
Photos by Taylor Borondy
Are the Packers or the Steelers going to win the Super Bowl this year?
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The Steelers are going to win because Aaron Rodgers is not an experienced quarterback. - Senior Ryan Hopkins Steelers all the way, because they have a dual threat offense and very strong defense. - Sophomore Danny Herrick
The Steelers because if they can handle the Jets they can beat the Packers. -Sophomore Tyler Woods
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The Packers because that darn ‘Black and Yellow’ song annoys me! - Junior Brandon Smith
The Packers because I like the underdog. - Sophomore Austin Abbett
The Packers because they are playing better football and right now Aaron Rodgers is unstopable. - Sophomore Shelby Conley
January 28, 2011
Spencer’s Sports Box
Why play college sports? To hock your rings for cash! by spencergarnier sports editor Integrity, or the lack of it, is a concept that is thrown around a lot in college sports these days. Usually it has to do with some athlete accepting money, getting free cars, or being allowed to cheat on tests, all in the name of their sport. But sometimes the players aren’t the only ones who mess up. When we look back at the Sugar Bowl a few days ago, it’s clear that the NCAA didn’t uphold the integrity of college football. You see, Ohio State won the Sugar Bowl 31-26 over the Arkansas Razorbacks. But this never should have been the result of this bowl game. That’s because five of OSU’s best players should not have played in that game, one of them being star quarterback Terrell Pryor. Those players had just been suspended for selling memorabilia such as championship rings, jerseys, and various other awards they had won. Additionally, these players had received “improper benefits” from a tattoo parlor and the owner. A tattoo costs around $50, and these players could have gotten hundreds of dollars in free ink. They clearly weren’t upholding the integrity of Ohio State, or themselves with these actions. Not only were they not upholding integrity, all of this is completely illegal for a collegiate athlete. And the NCAA punished them accordingly. All five (none of whom were seniors) were all suspended for the first five games of next year’s season. But the NCAA allowed Pryor and his to-besuspended teammates to play in the Sugar Bowl. Their reasoning? That the five players “did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred.” So apparently, Pryor and his teammates weren’t aware that selling rings and jerseys is illegal for a college athlete. How convenient. I think the NCAA was thinking about a little more about the money than the integrity of college football here. The Sugar Bowl itself pays out over $17 million to the two teams and a lot of other money to sponsors. Clearly the BCS is serious business when it comes to money. Both OSU and Arkansas made tons of money off of this game. But if five of Ohio State’s best players would have been suspended for the game, there is no question that Arkansas would have come away with a blowout victory. However, Ohio State came out on top. Because of that, they got more money from sponsors, boosters and the players got more recognition. Additionally, Arkansas lost some of the money they would have received, had they won. In my opinion, Arkansas got robbed. They should have won that game hands down because the Ohio State players should have been suspended. But they weren’t since the NCAA didn’t include the high -grossing Sugar Bowl in the suspension games. I feel like the NCAA had money on the mind when they didn’t suspend the five players. For that, I believe the players and NCAA failed to uphold their integrity.
SOPHOMORE SAM THOMPSON is defended by a Lawrence North gaurd in a recent game as he looks to pass the ball to the post. The team lost the game in double overtime. Photo by Taylor Borondy
Boys take tough loss in double overtime to Lawrence North by joslyncunningham sports staff Warren Central and Lawrence North have always been two teams that play exciting games when they meet, whether it be football, soccer, volleyball or in this case, basketball. Every year, the boys meet on the court on the first week of January. It is usually one of the most exciting games of the year and this year was no different. On January 4 the boy’s basketball team traveled to Lawrence North to compete in a conference battle. “There was a lot of pressure on us,” freshman Jordan Garnett said. “Lawrence North is a good team and they were a little more experience than us.” At the end of the first quarter, the Wildcats were leading by one and the boys began to fight back. Both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter, and a three pointer scored by sophomore Devin Davis at the end of the first half kept the game close. When the third quarter began, many anticipated for the game to be as intense as the first half. But with many missed opportunities, and the Wildcats’ star center finally playing after sitting out the first two quarters, the boys were outscored 15-4 in the third quarter. The boys had dug themselves into a hole that they couldn’t get out of, and they lost 57-46. “We could have played better as a team,” Davis said. “We are still young, so we’re still learning.” Even with a loss, the boys were still optimistic. With the first round of the county tournament coming up fast, they would get a chance at revenge because their first round match-up would be against the Wildcats. The set-up this time was a little different. Lawrence North’s 6’ 10” star center was in the starting lineup, but on this occasion, the team had home court advantage. “Everyone knew it was going to be a hard game, and everyone knew it was going to be competitive,” Davis said.
And competitive it was, the teams took turns outscoring one another in each of the four quarters, and with about 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the team was down by three points, putting the team in a tight situation. A time out was taken in order for the boys to get their game plan together and decide who was going to take the game-tying shot. Senior Dorian French was picked to go for the shot, and that’s exactly what he did. French tied the game at 51 and forced it into overtime. “I kind of felt like we were getting a second chance,” Garnett said. With pumped up teams on the bench and the crowd literally ssitting at the edge of their seats, everyone focused on the four minutes of overtime. With Lawrence North having possession of the basketball most of that time, everyone expected them to drive in under the basketball and make the winning lay-up. They drove under the basket, but making the winning lay-up, they did not. With that miss, the game went into a second overtime. The boys won the possession with the jump ball at the beginning of the overtime, but with a sloppy turnover, the Wildcats once again had the ball with more than three minutes left to play. They held the ball and tried to enforce their game plan a second time. Instead of driving under the basket they passed the ball to their center, who shot the ball. Silence fell over the gym as everyone watched the route of the basketball. He made the shot. As the fans on Lawrence North’s side celebrated, the individuals who sat on the opposite side in disbelief. They had lost 53-51. After the game against the Wildcats, the boys can look nowhere but forward. They beat the Terre Haute North Patriots a week later and they will have a chance to beat the North Central Panthers, a team that has lost two straight games. “Even with the loss, there’s no doubt that we competed well,” Davis said. “We played hard and grew as a team.”
January 28, 2011
SAVING A LIFE ONE ARM AT A TIME
blood drive ‘11
JUNIOR TALYNN HOWARD (above) looks away as the nurse sticks her with the needle. “I got my blood drawn to save the lives of one to three beautiful people,” Howard said. (below) Junior Cindy Aparicio watches as she gets her blood drawn. She is one of many who helped Warren Central reach its goal of 400 students to donate. Warren Central Students are the biggest blood donators in the state. Photos by Taylor Borondy
“IT ENDED UP hurting really badly,” Junior Patrick Jones said. “The nurse kept moving the needle around in my arm.” Photos by Chris Henderson
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someone in the U.S. needs blood One pint of blood can save up to
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donations are needed every day